VOA News Publishes Several HIV/AIDS-Related ArticlesVOA News on Tuesday published several articles about HIV/AIDS in Africa. Summaries appear below.
- "African Countries Seek Common Approach Against HIV/AIDS": Leaders of several African countries are proposing a common African approach to fighting the spread of HIV/AIDS after the most recent 2007 statistics show that 24.4 million people on the continent are living with the disease. The common policy would increase HIV/AIDS advocacy work, make antiretroviral drugs more affordable and accessible, address HIV-associated stigma and discrimination and encourage behavioral change, according to VOA News (Masina, VOA News, 5/13).
- "HIV-Affected Families in Malawi Benefit From Raising Fish": VOA News examines a WorldFish Center program in Malawi, called Aquaculture for HIV/AIDS Households, that encourages fish farming among families affected by HIV/AIDS. WorldFish in collaboration with World Vision teaches farmers in the program how to raise, process and market fish, allowing them to generate income. WorldFish is considering expanding the program to other countries, such as Mozambique and Zambia (Masina, VOA News, 5/13).
- "Namibia Touts New Program To Fight AIDS": The Namibian government has launched a five-year strategic plan to reduce the spread of HIV in the country, Liue Kauta, HIV/AIDS coordinator at the Namibian Ministry of Health and Social Services, said recently. According to Kauta, the plan will focus on leadership, prevention and behavioral change (Masina, VOA News, 5/13).
- "New African Effort To Build AIDS Research Center in Ghana": The Africa Life Aid Project, part of the Ghana-based group Woyome Foundation for Africa, is planning a series of fundraising events aimed at encouraging Africans to become involved in efforts to fight HIV/AIDS. The group plans to establish a $250 million Skills Development Center in Ghana's capital, Accra, to provide HIV/AIDS education and job training to young people. The project also is establishing the One-for-One Campaign, which will use donor funds to support the nutritional and other health needs of HIV-positive children, and plans to host an AIDS concert this year (Masina, VOA News, 5/13).